Donald Frank Manahan, 89, of Normal, passed away 4:17 p.m. Saturday (Oct. 28, 2017) at his home.

His funeral will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Christ Lutheran Church, Normal, with Pastor Jonathan Huehn and Pastor Timothy Fitzner officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service Saturday at the church. Kibler-Brady-Ruestman Memorial Home, Bloomington, is assisting the family with arrangements.

Interment with military honors will be in East Lawn Memorial Gardens, Bloomington. Memorials may be made to Christ Lutheran Church.

Donald was born June 19, 1928, in Rockford, a son to Colin Billings IV and Ann Buffo Manahan. He married Wilma Marcille Walker on Jan. 14, 1955, in Washington, D.C.

Surviving are his loving wife of 62 years, Wilma Manahan, Normal; three children, Kevin (Sarah) Manahan, Chicago; Kathi (Wayne) Grupe, Bloomington; and Kyle (Kristina) Manahan, Chicago; five grandchildren, Lindsey (Daniel) Johnson; Nichole, Kyle and Chanel Grupe; and Spencer Manahan; one great-grandchild, Edward Johnson; two brothers, Colin B. Manahan V, Bloomington, and Robert D. Manahan, Spring Valley; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Donald proudly served in the United States military, first enlisting in the U.S. Coast Guard as a ship’s cook, 1st Class, in 1945, and in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War, retiring as a staff sergeant in 1955. He received many honors including C.G. Victory Medal, American Area Campaign Medal, Air Force Defense Medal and Good Conduct Medal.

He attended La Salle-Peru-Olgesby Community College in LaSalle and later graduated from Illinois State Normal University with a master's degree in education in 1963. Donald was blessed to work with young people, first as a teacher and later as an administrator at Unit 5 schools, then as an ISU clinical assistant professor, retiring in 2011.

Donald was a member of Christ Lutheran Church, Normal, where he served on the board of Christian education and as an elder for many years.

He enjoyed traveling, gardening and spending time with his family. Donald was loved by his family and enjoyed by his friends.

The family would like to thank the nurses, CNAs and staff at OSF Hospice Region 4 for their care. A special thank you to caregivers, Carol, Lance and Debi.

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